Your baby’s Birth Day will be one of the most incredible, transformative days of your life. Not just the birth of a baby, but the birth of a family – full of love.
How will you remember it? Will you remember the sound of your baby’s first cry? Will you remember the look on your partner’s face when they meet your baby for the first time? Will you remember the softly whispered words of support as you worked to bring your baby earthside?
This story, your baby’s birth story, is made up of SO many smaller moments – moments you may not have even seen, or that fade away in the blur of emotion. Whilst photographs are a beautiful way to remember, there is something extra special about seeing your birth story come to life through video.
Hearing your “birth song”, seeing the way your support people stroked you and held you, the first words you spoke when you saw your baby, the sound of their first cry, the way their tiny toes curl up. It is magical to see this unfold in motion, through video.
A birth film can mean that you are able to relive that day – to see the emotion, the words, the looks, and how tiny and beautiful this brand new little person was. A birth film tells your story, however it unfolds, and these memories will be treasured for generations.
Birth Videography FAQ
When do you go on call? What if my baby comes outside that time?
I officially go on call from 37-42 weeks. This means that I am available to you 24/7 during this time, and whenever your baby decides to meet you! However, birth is unpredictable, and sometimes baby’s don’t follow a timeline! If your baby comes outside of the 37-42 week window, I will make every effort to still attend your birth (so please call!).
When do I call? How long do you stay?
I ask clients to communicate with me when things change – even if just a “heads up” that something might be happening. That way, I can ensure that I have a plan for my own children, and have everything ready to go on a moment’s notice. It also gives me a chance to reshuffle my schedule in case you need me. I come to your place of birth when you need me to. I don’t work on any particular figures – not at ‘x’ number of centimetres dilated, not at ‘x’ number of contractions lasting ‘y’ long. I trust a woman’s instincts, and also make a judgement based on their previous birthing history, and their own unique circumstances. Often, and particularly with subsequent births, I will come when you are heading to the hospital, or have called your midwife to attend you at home. I stay for the labour and birth as long as it takes – knowing that this is unpredictable. In the case of a very long labour, I may take breaks to eat and rest. I stay for 2-3 hours postpartum. If you wish for me to stay longer, or come back later (perhaps when the siblings arrive), this can be arranged for an extra fee.
What happens if you miss my birth?
Depending on the circumstances, there are a few different options, from capturing the hours immediately after birth, to transferring to a Fresh48 or newborn session, to partial or full refunds. This will be discussed in more detail at your in-person consultation.
What happens if I have a cesarean?
Your baby’s birthday is unique, no matter the circumstances. If you need a cesarean, either elective or emergency, I will do my best to tell your baby’s Birth Day story through photographs. There are many moments before and after the actual birth of your baby that are an important part of the day, and I will be there to capture them – from the nervous anticipation beforehand, to the skin to skin and bonding afterwards. As for the birth itself, there are no guarantees. I have been able to photograph numerous cesareans, including theatre, but there are still times that I will not have permission to accompany you, particularly in emergency situations. In this case, your partner or a staff member will have a crash course in using my camera to photograph in theatre, and I will edit and include these photographs in your final gallery. For elective cesareans, I am willing to work with you and your care providers during the pregnancy to seek permission to have a photographer in theatre with you, and have done so successfully in the past. During cesareans, I may be permitted to take still photographs only, not video. This will be dependent on the staff.
Do you film….”everything”?
That depends on if you WANT me to photograph “everything”. Those minutes of birth itself are just one part of the story of your baby’s Birth Day, and I will only photograph it if, and how, you are comfortable. For some, seeing the process of birth is an incredible thing to look back upon – I call it “the midwife view”. For others, it is something they may not want included, and that’s fine too – in that case, I will either photograph other moments and details (such as the look on your face, or your partner’s face, the clock, the way you are holding your partner’s hand, etc) or what I call the “mother view”, photographing from behind your shoulder to see what you would see as your baby emerges.
Can we keep our images private?
Absolutely! This is YOUR story. It is a private and intimate event. Some women love sharing their empowering, positive images with the world. For others, it is something intensely personal, for their own memories and perhaps to share with close friends and family only. Any kind of sharing at all is 100% optional, and there are no extra privacy fees. If you are happy to share, you will be provided with a model release, where you have control over what images are shared, and where they are shared. If not, your images will be kept 100% private.
Can we also get photographs, as well as the video?
Yes, this is an option. During the labour, and after the birth, I can capture both photographs and video footage. It is only during the birth itself that it may not be possible to get both, and you will need to decide what it is a priority for you. Of course, you can take still images from video footage, but the quality and resolution is not the same as a photograph.
Are we able to get ALL of the video footage from our birth?
Yes, I offer this as an “add on” option. Keep in mind, your film will be a “finished work” – turning the raw footage into a high quality film is a big part of the process. However, I understand the desire to have every sound and every memory. It is important to understand that the raw footage will be of a lower quality than the completed film, and you must sign an agreement that the footage is for your own personal viewing and will not be shared publicly.
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Jen is an Australian Birth Videographer, travelling Australia-wide. Jen is an experienced Birth Videographer and has attended over 75 births as a Doula/Photographer/Videographer in a number of different settings, both home and hospital. If you are looking for an Australian Birth Photographer, contact Jen to discuss your needs.